Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12
Carolina wasted no time establishing the run against New Orleans and piled up 219 rushing yards in the contest as the Panthers defeated the Saints, 35-27 on Sunday.In a key divisional contest in which both teams came in 0-1, neither team wanted to leave in a 0-2 hole and it showed throughout the afternoon. Here's three things you need to know from the game if you are a Carolina Panthers fan.1. Brandon LaFell is emerging as a star in the Panthers' offense. Carolina wide receiver, Brandon LaFell, hauled in six catches for 90 yards (with a long of 27) and found openings in the Saints' zone defense the entire game.Every time the Panthers needed a first down, Newton looked to LaFell and he answered with catches for some big gains. The third-year wideout has solidified the No. 2 role and looks to earn more respect from defenses around the league.2. The Panthers are 6-1 over the last two seasons in games in which Newton does not throw an interception. Unlike last week, the Panthers' offens...
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